United States Department of Justice

Hurricane Katrina Press Releases, Speeches and Testimony for July, 2006

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Press Release

Alabama Resident Indicted by Federal Grand Jury of Defrauding FEMA of $277,377 and Aggravated Identity Theft

Lawanda T. Williams, also known as Lawanda Johnson, was indicted today by a grand jury on federal FEMA fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Deborah J. Rhodes of the Southern District of Alabama announced today. (Read more)

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Press Release

Red Cross Volunteer and His Sister Sentenced

Lawanda T. Williams, also known as Lawanda Johnson, was indicted today by a grand jury on federal FEMA fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Deborah J. Rhodes of the Southern District of Alabama announced today. (Read more)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Press Release

Three More Indicted in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on Fraud Charges Related to Hurricane Disaster Relief Programs

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that a federal grand jury returned indictments yesterday against three more Louisiana residents on fraud charges related to hurricane disaster relief programs. (Read more)

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Press Release

Federal Jury Convicts Fort Worth Woman in FEMA Fraud Case

A federal jury in Fort Worth, Texas, convicted Sheila Harris on two counts of an indictment charging theft of government property and bank burglary, announced United States Attorney Richard B. Roper. (Read more)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Press Release

Wayne P. Lawless Pleads Guilty to Extortion Related to Hurricane Disaster Relief Program

United States Attorney David R. Dugas announced that WAYNE P. LAWLESS, age 50, of Donaldsonville, Louisiana, pled guilty today before U.S. District Court Judge Frank J. Polozola to a bill of information charging LAWLESS with extortion under color of official right. (Read more)

Monday, July 17, 2006

Press Release

Two Houston Residents Charged with Operating Fraudulent Website to Accept Donations for Hurricane Katrina Relief

Steven Anyanwu Stephens, 23, and Bartholomew Stephens, 26, both of Houston, have been charged in a nine-count indictment with conspiracy, wire fraud, and aggravated identity theft in connection with their operation of a mailto:www.salvationarmyonline@yahoo.com, website that falsely purported to raise money for a Salvation Army Relief Fund for Hurricane Katrina victims, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Press Release

Grand Jury Indicts Two Women on Hurricane Katrina Fraud Charges

Sakithia Dawn Slaughter and Marteisha Renee Monts were indicted today by a federal grand jury on three counts of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) fraud charges, U.S. Attorney Bud Cummins of the Eastern District of Arkansas announced today. (Read more)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Press Release

Ringleader in FEMA Fraud Scheme Pleads Guilty in Federal Court

A Dallas woman who ran a scheme that defrauded the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of more than $80,000 pled guilty today in federal court, U. S. Attorney Richard B. Roper of the Northern District of Texas announced today. (Read more)

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Press Release

Another Houston Resident Indicted with Defrauding FEMA Hurricane Disaster Funds

A federal grand jury has returned a 13 count indictment charging Gregory Darnell Parks, 33, of Houston, for fraudulently obtaining thousands of dollars in Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita disaster assistance, United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle announced today. (Read more)

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